VACANCY: Development Economist in Egypt

UNDP , Egypt , Cairo

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: NGOs / Government
  • Field of Expertise: General Management, Specialist
  • Work Experience: 6-10 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: May 31, 2018
  • Vacancy closing date: Jun 12, 2018

Job Description

Job Description

Agency: UNDP
Title: Development Economics Spec
Practice Area - Job Family: UN Coordination
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 12-06-2018
Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt
Education & Work Experience: I-Master's Level Degree - 7 year(s) experience
Required: English
Vacancy Type: TA International
Contract Duration: 6 months, with possibility of extension

The Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) is the coordination body of the UN system in Egypt establishing synergies between members of the UN Country Team (UNCT) – Agencies Funds and Programs with operational activities in Egypt.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator (UNRC) is responsible at the country level for the implementation of the repositioning of the UN development system, in the context of the General Assembly resolution 71/243 related to the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of operation activities for the development of the UN system.

The Development Economist will assist the UN system to develop a new generation of SDG programmes and projects with a strong investment orientation and national impact. To the end, she/he will engage across to board to improve economic analysis, develop relations with National and International Finance Institutions (N/IFI) and contribute to programme and project formulation. She/he will support the work with all UNCT members on their positioning towards the national SDG investment debate and policy work, culminating in the third quarter of 2018 into an UN led SDG and Investment Forum.

The UN and the Government of Egypt (GoE) have signed the UN Partnership Development Framework (UNPDF), which covers the period from 2018 till 2022. The it aims to address national development priorities through four outcomes; inclusive economic development; social justice; environmental sustainability and natural resource management and women’s empowerment. It sets the parameters of the work of the UN in Egypt for the next five years.

The SDGs in Egypt have played a pivotal role in shaping the national Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt Vision 2030 (SDS). In this spirit, the UNPDF aligns to both the SDS and SDGs. Egypt has made a commitment to achieving the SDGs, especially due to their contribution in the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) by presenting their Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2016 and will do so again in 2018.

From this commitment to achieving the SDGs, the primary challenge is to ensure that investment in the SDGs is a priority for all sectors of society (private sector, international community and national counterparts). Through establishing an enabling SDG Investment pathway, expanding strategic UN pilot projects and focusing on those who are furthest left behind, the UN system will be able to facilitate a powerful response to national development priorities.

In aligning to the SDS, the UN will need to develop an additional focus on new sets of emerging issues. Foremost amongst these are the need for the country to reap a demographic dividend, balancing social progress and cohesion with the need to generate decent work of a young population. Other emerging topics are adaptation and mitigation of climate change and managing ecological vulnerabilities, the imperative to create livable and productive urban environments and the need to engage with the broader migration challenges that have brought between 2.5 and 5 Mln people to Egypt either as economic migrants or refugees. Moreover, while concerted efforts are made to evolving the national data ecology towards the expanded set of 169 indicators contained in SDGs, it is clear that new data will start to drive new dialogues. It is this expected that the UNCT’s combined analytical and policy advisory capacities will be challenged and will require additional support.

In this context, the Development Economist, will become a major engine behind ensuring a coherent and well-coordinated police advice and dialogue agenda that contributes to the evolving debate on SDGs and Investment. The Development Economist will further provide key strategic advice on economic development issues and trends, and will take the lead in developing a clear vision of multi-dimensional poverty trends.

Finally, the Development Economist will provide leadership to the Development Effectiveness debate within the UN system, as well as with the established Development Partners Group (DPG), which is co-chaired by the UNRC.

Duties and Responsibilities

Developing new partnerships and financing opportunities for SDG implementation:

- Identify and support building partnerships with relevant stakeholders (e.g. N/IFIs, private sector, bilateral and multilateral partners/foundations, civil society) for financing the SDGs in Egypt through:
Produce policy reports that are based on information regarding traditional development partners, non-traditional and (domestic) investment related opportunities and other sources of financing for the SDGs;
- Supporting advocacy campaigns related to resource mobilization for the implementation of the UNPDF, specifically the Mapping, Accelerating, Policy Support (MAPS) Engagement process;
- Undertaking mapping of potential national and international financing opportunities in support of SDG implementation;
- Lead the development of an engagement plan with N/IFIs, through e.g. the upscaling and replication of pilot initiatives, as investments that have financial returns balanced with social and sustainability impacts;
- Ensure capacity development related to economic policymaking as well as economic analysis in general is provided to all relevant UN agencies and national counterparts;
- Support and provide technical expertise tothe UNRC in his/her role of Co-Chair of the DPG and facilitate discussion about Development Effectiveness, with a clear view to evolving the debate on development financing within the UN system and beyond.

Leading data driven economic policy analysis:

- Analyze the economic, social and political economy issues relevant to the successful implementation of the SDGs in Egypt to advice and support the implementation of the UNPDF 2018 to 2022, and the relevant Result Groups in their respective Joint Work Plans (JWPs) and/or Joint Programming/Programmes;
- Work closely with the UNCT members, and in the context of the UNPDF implementation and the evolution of the SDG data ecology in Egypt, identify new frontier issues and provide succinct and strategic advice and economic analysis, as an impetus to UN System analysis and policy advisory services;
- Assess the economic implications of UN activity in Egypt, to strengthen responses to national development priorities and to propose how to manage such implications in these responses, through providing quality control of economic policy analysis conducted;
- Support the UNRC in developing a well-coordinated structure for a coherent stream of SDG policy advice and dialogue with a view to keeping Egypt’s thinking on SDGs at the global cutting edge.

Programme Development of a UN SDG Investment Portfolio:

- Engage the UN joint programming process to identify and support the formulation of a new generation of “SDG focused, investment oriented national impact” UN joint programmes;
- Lead identification and analysis of issues that impact multiple SDGs and their targets and the development of ‘accelerator interventions’ that help unlock sustained progress across multiple development areas;
- Provide leadership to a systematic analysis of past and current pilot initiatives in areas such as employment, medium and small enterprise development, food and nutrition, education and health and assist in the formulation of upscaling proposals to capture new and blended financing opportunities alongside the SDG and Investment debate;
- Analyze best practices and successful models implemented by the UN in Egypt and advise on options for upscaling these into bankable national SDG investment policies and programmes.



- Ability to make new and useful ideas work;
- Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them.

- Ability to persuade others to follow;
- Plans and acts transparently, actively works to remove barriers.

People Management
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;
- Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others.

- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform;
- Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others.

- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement;
- Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions.


Complex System Modeling:
- Knowledge of complex system modeling and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

- Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.

Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Economic Planning:
- Knowledge of Economic Planning concepts and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Trends and emerging areas analytics:
- Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.

Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Sustainable Development Goals:
- Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Integrate & Empower: Leads integral work of teams utilizing expertise, vision, problem-solving capability, and collaborative energy in professional area of expertise.

Substantive positioning of UN:
- Knowledge of global institutions (such as the UN, IFIs), processes (such as G20 and various UN initiatives), good grasp of UN’s niche, and ability to engage and foster strong networks with those institutions.

Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Risk Management:
- Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them.

Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience

Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics; Postgraduate qualifications or a PhD would be considered an asset.

- A minimum of 7 years’ experience in the field of economics; preferably within an International Organization/UN;
- Experience in the M&E field would be advantageous;
- Experience in policy analysis and advice is required;
- Demonstrated knowledge of/ experience within the MENA region is required.

Language Requirements:
- Fluent in English;
- Fluency in Arabic would be considered as an asset.
- Other UN official language will be desirable.

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